The discovery of the unconscious ellenberger pdf

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the discovery of the unconscious ellenberger pdf

The Discovery of the Unconscious: The History and Evolution of Dynamic Psychiatry by Henri F. Ellenberger

This classic work is a monumental, integrated view of mans search for an understanding of the inner reaches of the mind. In an account that is both exhaustive and exciting, the distinguished psychiatrist and author demonstrates the long chain of development—through the exorcists, magnetists, and hypnotists—that led to the fruition of dynamic psychiatry in the psychological systems of Janet, Freud, Adler, and Jung.
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The discovery of the unconscious; the history and evolution of dynamic psychiatry

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In this study of the history of dynamic psychiatry, Ellenberger provides an account of the early history of psychology covering such figures as Franz Anton Mesmer, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, and Pierre Janet. The work has become a classic, and has been credited with demolishing the myth of Freud's originality and encouraging scholars to question the scientific validity of psychoanalysis. Critics have questioned the reliability of some of Ellenberger's judgments. He describes psychoanalysis and analytical psychology as forms of hermeneutics the art or science of interpretation , comparing both disciplines to the philosophical schools of Graeco-Roman antiquity. Freud, according to Ellenberger, was heir to the Protestant Seelsorge or "Cure of Souls", a practice that arose after Protestant reformers abolished the ritual of confession. During the 19th century, the idea of unburdening oneself by confessing a shameful secret was gradually transferred from religion to medicine, influencing Mesmer's animal magnetism, and eventually Freud. Ellenberger argues that evaluating Freud's contributions to psychiatry is made difficult by a legend involving two main features that developed around Freud: the first being, "the theme of the solitary hero struggling against a host of enemies, suffering the 'slings and arrows of outrageous fortune' but triumphing in the end", and the second, "the blotting out of the greatest part of the scientific and cultural context in which psychoanalysis developed".

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Henri F. Ellenberger asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publishers. This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out or otherwise circulated without the publisher's prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser. An interpretation of facts and systems is proposed, on the basis of an evaluation of the socio-economic, political, and cultural background, as well as of the personality of the pioneers, their environment, and the role of certain patients.


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    The discovery of the unconscious by Henry F. Ellenberger. Allen Lane The Penguin Press, s. The sub-title 'The history and evolution of dynamic psychiatry'.

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    In this study of the history of dynamic psychiatry, [1] Ellenberger provides an account of the early history of psychology covering such figures as Franz Anton Mesmer , Sigmund Freud , Carl Jung , Alfred Adler , and Pierre Janet.

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